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Domestic Violence Prevention
What is Domestic / Family Violence
According to Texas law, "Family Violence", or "Domestic Violence", means an act by a member of a family or household against another member that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, or that is a threat that places a member in fear of such harm.

Domestic Violence is a Crime
Family Violence affects people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. While predominantly affecting women, family violence also affects children (child abuse), seniors (elder abuse), and male family members, who can also be victims of abuse.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, but women are by far the most common victims.

When a member of a household intentionally, knowingly or sometimes recklessly causes physical harm including the infliction of pain, that household member will by state law and the policies of the Little Elm Police Department be subject to arrest and prosecution. The internal policies of the Little Elm Police Department mandate an arrest on the spot or, should the offender not be present at the time of the report, by the issuance of a warrant of arrest signed by a judge. A special Family Violence Report must be filed by any officer who investigates a family violence allegation or who responds to a family disturbance call.

Men and women who follow their parents' example and use violence to solve conflicts are teaching the same destructive behavior to their children. Jobs can be lost or careers stalled because of injuries, arrests, or harassment. Violence may even result in death.

Are You at Risk?

Have you or someone you know ever experienced the following by a boyfriend / girlfriend, husband / wife or intimate partner:
  • Rushed you into a relationship
  • Jealous and possessive
  • Controls your money or wardrobe
  • Has unrealistic expectations
  • Controls who you talk to
  • Blames others for his/her problems
  • Destroys your property
  • Cruel to children and animals
  • Humiliates you
  • Calls you names
  • Loves you / hates you
  • Has a history of battering
  • Threatens / intimidates you

If you answered "yes" to several or more of these questions, you may be at risk of becoming a victim of family / domestic violence. The more questions you answer "yes" the greater the possibility that you are at risk.

What to do if You are at Risk
  • Don't ignore the problem, talk to someone. Part of the abuser's power comes from secrecy. Victims are often ashamed to let anyone know about intimate family problems. Go to a friend or neighbor, or call a domestic violence hot line to talk to a counselor.
  • Plan for the future. Plan ahead and know what you will do it you're attacked again. If you decide to leave, choose a place to go. Set aside some money. Put important papers such as marriage license, birth certificates, checkbooks in a place where you can get them quickly.
  • Learn to think independently. Try to plan for the future and set goals for yourself.

Prevent or Stop Domestic Abuse
  • Recognize and know the signs of family / domestic violence.
  • If they apply to you, admit the problem.
  • Talk to someone, seek help. Do not remain silent.
  • Do not remain in a situation that exposes you or your children to danger.
  • If the signs apply to a close friend, get them to talk to you about their problem. Then get them to seek help.
  • There are people who can help you, regardless of your circumstances.
  • Most services are free.
  • You must take the first step. Seek help.

What To Do if You are a Victim
  • Call 9-1-1 and ask for the Little Elm Police Department. Assault, even by family members, is a crime.
  • Leave, or have someone stay with you. Go to a battered women's shelter. Call a crisis hot line in your community or a health center to locate a shelter. If you believe that you, and your children, are in danger, leave immediately. Call the Denton County Friends of the Family: (940) 382-7273 or (800) 572-4031.
  • If you are hurt, get medical attention from your doctor or a hospital emergency room. Ask the staff to photograph your injuries and keep detailed records in case you decide to take legal action.
  • Seek Counseling. In Little Elm, Denton County emergency victims' counseling and assistance is available through Denton County Friends of the Family: (940) 382-7273 or (800) 572-4031. A whole host of services and volunteer opportunities are available under "Get Help" at Denton County Friends of the Family.
  • Consider obtaining a Protective Order. Contact the Denton County District Attorney's Office for information about a Protective Order. Information is available at the Denton County District Attorney’s Office, Denton County Courthouse, 1450 E. McKinney, Denton, TX 76205, Telephone: (940) 349-2600. Information is also available for other victim services available through their offices.

Rights of Crime Victims
  • Protection from threats of harm arising from cooperation with prosecution efforts.
  • Have your safety and that of your family taken into consideration when bail is being considered.
  • At request, the right to be informed in advance about court proceedings, including cancellations or schedule changes.
  • At request, the right to information about procedures in the criminal investigations of your case by law enforcement officials and about general procedures in the criminal justice system, including plea bargaining, restitution, appeals and parole from the prosecutor’s office.
  • Information about the Texas Crime Victims Compensation Fund, which provides financial assistance to victims of violent crimes and, if you request, referral to social service agencies that may provide additional help.
  • Provide information to the probation department conducting a pre-sentence investigation on the impact of the crime.
  • Have a law enforcement agency pay for medical examinations for victims of sexual assault and the right to request counseling regarding AIDS and HIV infection and testing for sexual assault victims.
  • At request, the right to be notified of parole proceedings by the Victim Services Section of the Pardons and Paroles Division, the right to participate in the parole process by submitting a victim impact statement or other information, and the right to be notified of the inmate’s release.
  • Right to be present at all public court proceedings, if the presiding judge permits.
  • Right to a safe waiting area before and during court proceedings.
  • Right to prompt return of any property that is no longer required as evidence.
  • At request, the right to have the prosecutor notify your employer that the need for your testimony may involve your absence from work.
  • Complete a victim impact statement, detailing the emotional, physical and financial impact that the crime has had on you and your family, and to have that statement considered by the judge at sentencing and by the parole board prior to taking any parole action.

Additional Resources

Denton County Resources
State of Texas
Federal Agencies & Organizations
Additional Information

You may also contact the Little Elm Police Department at (972) 377-1885 and ask to speak with the Detective Division.